Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full name: Waly Kebe Ndao.
Hometown: Dakar, Senegal.
High School: Cours Sainte Marie de Hann.
Family: “The family I have in Georgia includes my cousin Mamadou and his family, as well as my cousin Seynabou and her family.”
Current Employment: Full-time student.
Degree Objective: Bachelor’s degree in computer science and, eventually, a master’s degree.
Class Rank: Freshman.
Activities: Plays in the Macon Soccer League.
Career Goals: “I want to be a computer programmer. It is a field that has a lot to offer in opportunities and promotion. Programming is a job of the future.”
He chose Macon State College because … “My cousin Mamadou told me that Macon State College would be a very good place to start. If I do well here, I can transfer to Georgia Tech for my computer programming degree.”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “I thought it was a small college that would not really suit me. However, I found out when I started that it is better for many students to go to a college like Macon State. Students have access to every tool they need to perform well.”
His favorite professor is … “Mark Pierce, my math professor. I like him because he is challenging without being too hard. Moreover, he makes the material easy to understand by summarizing the key points. We have the choice to study the extra material in the book or just what is going to be on the test.”
His favorite place to study is … “My room. I don’t exactly know why. I think it is just a habit. I am sure I will not get disturbed in there.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I don’t like dogs.”
The person he’d most like to meet is … “My grand grandfather. He was a great savant, very respected in my natal region. I hear so many stories about him that I would like just to meet him, learn more about him and see what we have in common.”
Five years from now he sees himself … “Working in a programming enterprise. I plan to gain one or two years of experience in the field and then try to pursue a master’s degree. I have not decided yet what kind of master’s degree I want to get, but I will make up my mind soon.”